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Bike valets see plenty of action at Inaugural

Posted by on January 20th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

An estimated 2,000 bikes were
parked by volunteers.
(Photos by Jeff Peel/
League of American Bicyclists)

As we shared last week, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) provided free bike valet services at today’s Inaugural event.

Jeff Peel with the DC-based League of American Bicyclists was on the scene this morning. Jeff sent over a few photos and this comment:

“WABA staff and volunteers valet parked over 2,000 bikes! I still saw hundreds locked up or being pushed/ridden around outside of our parking stations. Pretty impressive…resembled Amsterdam bike parking except with nicer bikes.”

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Nice work Jeff! I’m sure all those bundled up and cold people appreciated not having to walk around looking for a place to park.

Volunteers help event-goers at one
of the bike valet stations.

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  • Scott Mizée January 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm


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  • q`Ztal January 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    At first I was expecting as many bikes at the Inaugural as were here for Obama in Portland: Props to our “bicycle lanes” and bikes as far as the eye can see.

    When I heard estimates of 2,000,000 people on site I imagine it was like a 3 mile mosh pit: no room for bikes.

    At all.

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  • T Mike January 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    “…resembled Amsterdam bike parking except with nicer bikes.”

    I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder – if you think US style comfort / hybrid bikes look better than the old school steel of Europe.

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  • a-dub January 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    This is awesome to see. Anyone have suggestions for bike parking near the Rose Garden/Memorial Coliseum for Blazers games? A valet service or some other secure parking would be great at regular local events not just special occasions.

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  • q`Ztal January 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    How about that block between 1st & 2nd and Holladay & Multnomah.
    A SmartPark installation: cagged, automated will lit and monitored on. Perhaps a vending machine outside that dispenses those key cards that are used at hotels.
    Use them for entry into the into the secured area AND to unlock a locking bolt inside the area.
    Why should autos get all the city’s parking dollars? It’s high time that the city put a serious bike parking structure in a serious bike use area.

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  • RSI January 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

    DC has a great bike share system. Still working out the kinks, but good stuff: https://www.smartbikedc.com/program_information.asp

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